Apple Music launches Shazam Discovery Top 50 chart

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited August 20
In an expansion of Shazam integration with Apple Music, Apple has debuted a new Shazam Discovery Top 50 chart to enhance user discovery of new and trending music.

The Shazam Discovery Top 50 list will be populated by trending tracks and artist searches using Shazam in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, the UK, and the U.S. The playlist will be featured in every country that Apple Music is available.

To populate the list, Apple is using more than 20 million Shazam queries per day. The playlist will update every Tuesday, and is rolling out to all users now.

Shazam started life in the UK in 1999 as a product called 2580, named after the number users had to dial to reach the service via text. Since its debut on the iOS App Store, and subsequently Mac App Store, Shazam has evolved into a comprehensive audio fingerprinting service that allows users to identify songs, movies, TV shows and other media by capturing short audio segments.

Word first surfaced in December 2017 that Apple was close to buying Shazam. It was said that the price was about $401 million -- a significant discount from the $1 billion the company was valued at in its last funding round in 2015.

The deal concluded in September 2018.

"Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music when the deal for the purchase was concluded. "With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music."

Currently, Shazam features integration with a number of music services, including iTunes and Apple Music. While iTunes hooks feature simple track purchasing options, Apple Music subscribers can use Shazam to quickly add identified songs and to a customized playlist.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    Apple keeps adding unwanted features to Music, while not covering the very basics and fixing the endless flaws in the service. I'm not even sure I want Shazam integration: until now, it mostly modifies my listening profile in unwanted ways: if you Shazam a song, it doesn't necessarily means you like it, Apple! Why don't you start by building some minimal relational database capabilities (including some useful fields for classical music), in order to make some fairly useful searches and not requiring to search twice on "Keith Jarrett" and "Keith Jarrett trio" to get the records you are looking for; preemptive typing with some minimal tolerance to typing errors; provide some, just some, record information (given that the service is linked to!); recycling and editing previous searches in other contexts (your library vs iTunes, for example); implement some understandable navigation; allow to sort results by some users selectable criteria; make it minimally consistent between IOS and Mac; etc, etc, etc, etc. Why don't you understand that if people is serious about his music, they are mostly searching for records, composers, artists, and not mere tunes oriented, background or tap-moving noise... And above all: LOSSLESS STREAMING, at least a paid option!!!
  • Reply 2 of 3
    So... is the article saying it is a playlist on Apple Music or a playlist on Shazam?  I couldn't tell.
    If the playlist is on AM, does that mean it is one of the main ones - like New Music, Favourites and Chill Mix or is it a playlist we need to search for?
  • Reply 3 of 3
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,503unconfirmed, member
    LOVE this idea!

    Shazam is my 4th favorite Apple acquisition!

    For anyone wondering....
    1. NeXT
    2. Beats
    3. Primesense
    4. Shazam
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